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Seattle Ballard Locks, Gas Works Park and Houseboats Tour provided by Seattle Under the Radar Tours

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Seattle Ballard Locks, Gas Works Park and Houseboats Tour

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Let's explore the busiest locks in the nation, the Hiram Chittenden Locks! We will watch boats "lock through" and watch for baby salmon (smolts) going out to sea, and adults returning to navigate the fish ladder on their way home to spawn. The resident harbor seals and herons are always fun to watch too! We will learn how this critical component of our maritime industry and history transformed Seattle, and it's role in managing our fresh water lake systems. Then we're off to Gas Works to learn about this one-of-a-kind park, where we will see float planes taking off and landing, and enjoy stunning views of the city. Finally we will visit to the houseboat communities along Lake Union, a uniquely Seattle experience! Kids aged 8 and up are welcome, as I do not have car seats for younger ones.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Macrina Bakery & Cafe
    2408 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
    Look for me inside the bakery with a Seattle Under the Radar Tours sign. Street parking around the meet up spot is limited to 2 hours (the tour is 3 hours) and nearby garages and lots are very expensive. Consider taking a Lyft/Uber/Taxi or public transit if possible.
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    Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
    Stop: 90 minutes
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    Gas Works Park
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Macrina Bakery & Cafe
    2408 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
    Look for me inside the bakery with a Seattle Under the Radar Tours sign. Street parking around the meet up spot is limited to 2 hours (the tour is 3 hours) and nearby garages and lots are very expensive. Consider taking a Lyft/Uber/Taxi or public transit if possible.
    See address & details
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Departure Point
Macrina Bakery & Cafe, 2408 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Jeanne B wrote a review Nov 2019
La Mesa, California60 contributions24 helpful votes
This was a fun tour that included not only the Ballard Locks, Gas Works Park, and Union Lake's houseboats, but a glimpse of native America artifacts at Ivar's and seaplanes landing (and docking) on the lake. Great time with a knowledgeable guide who is willing to tailor the
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from RadarTours, Owner at Seattle Ballard Locks, Gas Works Park and Houseboats Tour
Responded 14 Nov 2019
Thank you so much for booking with me and for this kind review! I really enjoyed our time together, and now I can't stop thinking about the mushroom pizza we had at the Reserve Roastery :-) I am looking forward to following your travels on Instagram! --Lynn
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Jaghawaii wrote a review Jul 2019
Oahu, Hawaii47 contributions6 helpful votes
On a beautiful day you will enjoy watching how the locks transition boats from sea level to lake level. Pretty cool!
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Response from RadarTours, Owner at Seattle Ballard Locks, Gas Works Park and Houseboats Tour
Responded 28 Jul 2019
Thank you! The Locks are indeed very cool! --Lynn
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By: Seattle Under the Radar Tours
mrobinsonrutheford
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I'd book again in an instant!
Lynn was personally fabulous and professionally? The breadth of her enthusiastic knowledge was very impressive -- a
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Jhasmin S
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Best Hidden Gems in Seattle
This is an AMAZING tour. Lynn is very knowledgeable about the history of this town and shows you all the hidden gem
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Mountainhighgirl
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Seattle is a beautiful city and this tour shows first hand the true beauty of the outdoor spaces that are Seattle.
The Lake, Old growth trees and beach tour was a lot fun and very interesting. Lynn, our tour guide, did a wonderfu
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nancykav443
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One of my most enjoyable days in Seattle ever!
I had an absolutely wonderful experience on my Seattle Under the Radar Tour! My guide and tour owner, Lynn, was a c
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MillennialKelly
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Definitely worth the money!
My friend and I did this tour, and we absolutely loved it. We met her for coffee in the morning, and then off we we
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Doodledevitt
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A tour that stands out from the rest
First, let me start off by saying this isn’t your typical hop on a bus and be monotonously drilled with average cit
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Steve B
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Awesome Exploration of Seattle
This is a fantastic tour exploring major Seattle neighborhoods! Tour guide Lynn, provides a true insiders knowledge
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mvogel3
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Great Tour! Unique stops only a local would know, very educational and fun!
Highly recommend letting Lynn show you the city!! Lynn is a great guide with energy and a wealth of knowledge abou
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sdmChicago
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A Fascinating Overview of the Seattle that You Probably Don't Know
Lynn was a fantastic guide. We first discussed what interested us most and the trip was outlined over a delicious
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TravelingCocoGirl
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THE BEST Neighborhood Tour - BY FAR
When I initially met up with owner/guide Lynn Curtis, I didn't know what to expect, but man, did I get the best sho
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David R
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A true locals tour!!!
Lynn was awesome!!! Absolutely awesome! We had a great 3 hour tour! Lynn was prompt, on time, and we had a great
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MauriceHines
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A Priceless Experience
I did the Neighborhoods 101 tour with Lynn on July 30th and had an experience that far exceeded what I thought it w
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BooMan2010
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Made us love Seattle!
After walking around pioneer square and the city center my husband and I decided there had to be more to the city t
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messer1279
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Most fun I have ever had on a tour!!!!!!!
Going on this tour with Lynn was like seeing an old friend in a new city for the first time. A friend that knows wh
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JaniceF1088
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Nature walk Galore!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Lynn. She was punctual, knowledgeable, and her car was immacula
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